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Brian & Deya met in Vancouver Canada. After a few years together we were married and made choices. One was not to have children the other was not to take life for granted. The rest is yet to come.

March 10, 2010

The Americas

For years now, many more than you might imagine, I've wanted to get on my bike head off into the sunset, leaving behind all those things that matter:
jobs, money, family, friends, familiarity, comfort and security. I've wanted to leave all these things of value for just one thing, perspective. It's not so important what you do as it is what you know and what you become. Life as you've been told, but may not yet realize, occurs in just a moment of time and is gone faster than you might have though possible. I think people call this regret and I'm sure it's a bitter pill to swallow when you've got it. I haven't got it and neither will Deyanira, so the plan we've hatched is fitting and honourable. It's not a new idea but that doesn't mean it's not a great idea and if we have the chance to share it in some way, for those of you who would care to know, we'll take the chance now and hope that we all become better for the experience.

'The Americas'
We've decided to mount our iron horses and head North, North until the sea stops us then West to taste the salty air of the Maritimes and listen intently to the sound of the ocean crashing in from the Atlantic. Once we've had enough or once the cold of winter starts it's march across Canada we'll turn to the South and zig zag our way through the mighty USA. After a short while we'll enter Mexico and finally have the yanks surrounded. We'll tour the mother land extensively and end up spending Christmas with Deya's family in Veracruz. From here, after some technical work on my language skills, we'll head South visiting each country along the way until we're halted by the Darian Gap. Once that's been defeated Columbia will await and a meandering sojourn South, hopefully through the vineyards of Chile, onto Tierra Del Fuego and the southern most part of South America. The return route will loop up back towards Colombia, onto the Central American stretch with a triumphant return to Mexico which we'll call home for a few more years. This trip should take us about TWO years and a life time of experience and new opportunities.

You might think it's all fun and games or a real holiday, like when you look at a tropical picture of a quite beach with a lone soul sunbathing in total peace. What you don't see is the 35 degrees, the heat stroke and diarrhea, sunburn and yellow fever hovering mosquitos. Hot sleepless nights and confusion at the borders might be your first indication this holiday is no pic-nic.

Add to that, 'The Operation', this is our attempt to do something awesome, in a geeky operations nerd kind of way. As we travel we'll be endevouring to visit facilities, from stick manufacturers and hospitals to bridge building sites and high tech facilities. We are going to gather data to make a comparative analysis later and confirm or deny our thoughts, via our thesis statement. It'll be educational to see how someone making dirt in North America differs from someone making dirt in South America. If the challenges are the same then the solutions must be. As I develop our format I'll reveal it under the heading, "What We Do" 'The Operation'.

Our calling card for this trip will be, "MD Moto - Adventure Researchers"

But since our go date is not until June first 2010, and that's soon, I'll start by answering the most common question people have first, "How can you do that?"

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